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    Flood of benefits: How this year's monsoon is a stressbuster

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    India can relish the prospect of abundant water for the next cropping season and adequate supplies for drinking and power generation as well.

    India can relish the prospect of abundant water for the next cropping season.
    India is a water-stressed country and the crisis is worsening. But this year's monsoon, the wettest in a quarter of a century, has been a stressbuster. While longer-term worries remain, for the moment, India can relish the prospect of abundant water for the next cropping season and adequate supplies for drinking and power generation as well.

    Filled-up reservoirs have many benefits:

    • Increased availability of drinking water
    • Higher hydropower generation
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    • Better irrigation of farms
    • Better soil moisture
    • More water available for industry

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    But this year’s windfall should not dilute worries of a water crisis:
    • India has 17% of the world’s population but only 4% of the world’s fresh water
    • Groundwater is depleting rapidly
    • Water-intensive crops such as rice and sugarcane are planted in water-scarce regions

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    820 million Indians face high to extreme water stress, Niti Aayog has said
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